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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
December 14, Saturday
CROZET CHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Sounds of the Season: Cheers and Carols. Crozet Baptist Church.  4pm.  Email: crozetchorus@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 14, Saturday
THE GARAGE CAROL SING
The Garage.
Gather round The Garage for some carols to celebrate the holiday season. After cozying up and singing a few of the classics, you will walk downtown to some local spots to spread the joy. Kids and dogs are welcome (you'll be done by 7:30pm at the latest). Dress warm and bring your instruments (if you have one). The Garage.  Directions: 1st Street between Market and Jefferson Streets.  Email: samuelpbush@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 15, Sunday
A BLUE RIDGE CHRISTMAS WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
From classic Christmas tunes to magnificent classical masterpieces, this concert will surely lift your spirits and get you ready for the Holiday season. Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Nellysford.  4pm.  $35.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
December 15, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND 97TH SEASON HOLIDAY CONCERT
The Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
It's not Christmas in Charlottesville until the Municipal Band plays seasonal and traditional music at its annual holiday concert. Please bring a canned good to donate to the Emergency Food Bank. Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at CHS.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Ave.  3:30-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: municipalband@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
December 15, Sunday
NELSON COUNTY COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY JUBILEE CONCERT
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Program to include Tchaikovsky's Pas de Deux, Paul Barker's Millennium Suite and many holiday favorites. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: Afton.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: info@nelsoncco.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
December 21, Saturday
THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
An evening of traditional Christmas and holiday favorites featuring Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Finzi's In Terra Pax. The Paramount Theater.  2:30pm & 7:30pm.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 23, Monday
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
John Paul Jones Arena.
Renowned director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with an international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  Email: jpj-mkt@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
December 13, Friday
14TH ANNUAL LET THERE BE LIGHT: AN OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
An evening of light-centered art and performances illuminating the outdoors for one night only. The exhibition celebrates the approach of winter solstice and the longest night of the year. Rain date December 14. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Directions: Exhibit located on the grounds outside the V. Earl Dickinson Building.  6-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5362. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
December 7 & 14
HOLIDAY ON THE HILL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate the holiday season on the Mountain with some kid- and family-friendly crafts and decorating activities, with samples galore, great sales and Christmas music to get your spirits in high gear. Enjoy the Gingerbread House Workshop and decorate the pre-assembled gingerbread house! Workshop times are 12pm, 1pm and 3pm. Registration recommended. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5pm.  $Free admission and parking, some fee-based activities.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
November 29-December 18
SAUNDERS BROTHERS CHOOSE & CUT TREE FARM
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
Choose from many varieties including Canaan fir, white pine, Scotch pine and Blue Spruce. Enjoy cookie decorating with the elves on November 30, plus other events and activities through December 18. Saunders Brothers Farm Market.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
April 13-December 22, Saturday-Sunday
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  Saturday 9-11am; Sunday 10am-12pm.  $8.99 for ages 12+, $5.99 for kids 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
December 6-20, Saturdays
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND
Creative Works Farm.
Join us for music performances, a walk through light display, music light show, cookies and hot chocolate, decorating gingerbread cookies, making Christmas ornaments and more. You can also see animals at the barn, enjoy a hayride and visit with Santa. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with special needs and at-risk youth. Creative Works Farm.  5-9pm.  $10, Kids 2 and under are free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 31, Tuesday
38TH ANNUAL FIRST NIGHT VIRGINIA
First Night Virginia, Inc.
Ring in the New Year at this popular community arts fest featuring performers, a bubble wrap stomp, a kids' fun zone and more. See the website for the full event schedule. Downtown Mall.  4pm-12am.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@firstnightva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-8269. 
 
December 31
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy an afternoon full of fun family activities, including a party hat crafting session, a concert with the Ululating Mummies and an unforgettable parade. Stick around for the Dominion Energy GardenFest from 5-10pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave.  2-5pm.  $Free members and children (under 3), $8 children (3-12), $10 military (with ID), seniors (55-plus), $13 adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: ContactUs@lewisginter.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
November 22, 2019-January 6, 2020
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Closed Thanksgiving & December 24 & 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
December 9 - 24
HIGHLAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Experience Highland for the Holidays at the home of President James Monroe for a special price. Guests will enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum spaces and 1818 Presidential Guest House decorated with seasonal greenery and filled with holiday cheer. Highland interpreters will be available to discuss historical events as you explore Highland at your own pace. Plan time to complete your holiday list in the Highland Museum shop, featuring Virginia products and the Virginia Artisan Room. James Monroe's Highland.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
December 6, 21 & 28
AFTER HOURS AT HIGHLAND WITH JAMES MONROE
Experience Highland after hours through a personally guided tour with James Monroe reenactor Beau Robbins. Throughout the tour, guests will hear firsthand accounts from the American Revolution and Founding Era, and will then have the opportunity to mingle with Monroe over light refreshments following the tour. James Monroe's Highland.  4:30-6pm.  $28.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
December 26-January 1
KIDS ARE FREE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
As the holiday frenzy subsides, gather your family and friends and visit Montpelier. Between December 26 and January 1, all kids ages 14 and under get free admission for any House tour. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
December 3 - January 3
HIGHLAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS
James Monroe's Highland.
Visitors will find the entire house beautifully decorated for the holidays. Discover the magic of James Monroe's historical property during the holiday season. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
December 8 & 15, Sundays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING DAYS AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Local vendors will fill the tasting room. There will be all kinds of gifts for every size, shape and age person. Each of the vendors will have items that will be priced at $5 or less, so that children can also do their holiday shopping. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  12-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
November 16-January 5, 2020, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over 10 million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 757-229-4386. 
 
January 11-March 21, Saturdays
WINTER FARMERS MARKET
IX Art Park.
You can still have fresh local produce even when it's cold outside. Come browse Virginia-born fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and prepared foods, as well as arts and crafts from local makers. IX Art Park.  9am-1pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-207-2355. 
 
January 11, February 8, March 8 & April 12, Saturdays
WINTER MADISON FARMERS MARKETS
Madison Farmers Market.
Come out to the winter markets at Hoover Ridge Park. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  10am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
December 22, Sunday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
The Paramount Theater.
Return to Bedford Falls and relive the magic and wonder of director Frank Capras heartwarming and enchanting holiday tale, It's a Wonderful Life, as it plays on the big screen this holiday season. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 Youth, $7 Adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 30, Monday
MARVELOUS MORNING MATINEE
Central Library.
Join Central Library for the annual showing of The Snowman [Not rated, 2006, 27 mins.], based on the book by Raymond Briggs. All ages welcome. Central Library.  10:30-11am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 2, Thursday
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for an afternoon movie (rated G or PG). JMRL will provide the popcorn, and bring a friend and some get-comfortable-pillows. Crozet Library.  1-3pm.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
January 5, Sunday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS: SCHOOL OF ROCK
The Paramount Theater.
Jack Black stars as a hell-raising guitarist with delusions of grandeur. Kicked out of his band and desperate for work, he impersonates a substitute teacher and turns a class of fifth grade high-achievers into high-voltage rock and rollers. Rock out before the film with Rock Band on stage at The Paramount. One hour before show time, you and your bandmates can play a song of your choice on a first come, first served basis. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 Adult, $5 Youth .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
November 22-January 5
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Take a guided tour to observe the mansion up-close in all its splendor. Closed Mondays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day. Maymont Mansion, Richmond.  12-5pm, with tours available every half-hour (last tour at 4:30).  $8 adults, $6 children.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
August 9, 2019-January 5, 2020
TIME TO GET READY: FOTOGRAFIA SOCIAL
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Time to Get Ready: Fotografia Social features photographs taken from 1966 to the 1980s by Maria Varela (b.1940) in numerous locations throughout the Deep South, Washington D.C. and New Mexico. Raised Catholic by her Mexican father and Irish mother, Varela first got involved in the Catholic social justice movement by joining the Young Christian Students. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
January 8, February 5 & March 4, Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Gordon Avenue childrens librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-10:45am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
Every Friday
ART EXPEDITIONS
Amazement Square.
Take a journey in Art Expeditions to learn about types of art and try your hand at different techniques. Amazement Square .  Directions: Lynchburg.  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMAN'S PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Virginia Discovery Museum / Wegmans.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
January 3, Friday
SOLAR VIEWING
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the closest star at Solar Viewing with a solar telescope. The Charlottesville Astronomical Society will present with their special viewing scope which will allow us to see flares and other signs of the living cauldron that is the sun without fear of blindness. Ivy Creek Foundation.  12-1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
January 7-12, Tuesday-Sunday
FREE ADMISSION AT LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
There is plenty to see at Lewis Ginter in January. The warm and cozy Conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, passion flowers, and other tropical plants. Outdoor blooms are more treasured because they are unexpected. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
First Saturday Monthly
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
December 7-8, 12-13 & 14
INTO THE WOODS JR.
Belmont Arts Collaborative.
Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. Belmont Arts Collaborative.  3pm or 7:30pm.  $12-$15.  Email: info@belmontarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-326-0404. 
 
December 14, Saturday
LINDSEY STIRLING
John Paul Jones Arena.
Critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling will be coming to Charlottesville for her Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour 2019. Lindseywill bring back her successful holiday show featuring elaborate festive themes as well her signature brand of dance routines and on-stage visuals. John Paul Jones Arena.  7:30pm.  $Prices Vary.  Email: nrj3gv@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
December 14, Saturday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: VIENNA BOYS CHOIR - CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA
The Paramount.
Christmas in Vienna showcases young gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $29.75-$44.75.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 14 & 15, Saturday & Sunday
ALBEMARLE BALLET THEATRE'S "THE NUTCRACKER"
The Wayne Theatre.
Don't miss the third annual performance of this holiday classic. Follow along as Clara takes on the Mouse King then travels into a gorgeously unpredictable world full of entertaining characters with the Nutcracker Prince. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday.  $20 adults, $14 child/senior.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 13-15, Friday-Sunday
SHE KILLS MONSTERS
Charlottesville High School Theatre.
Charlottesville High School theater program presents, She Kills Monsters. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center - CHS.  7pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday.  $10 Adult, $5 CHS Student.  Contact: Aaron Eichorst.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2671. 
 
December 19-22, Thursday-Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet / CAPTRUST.
Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballets professional production of the classic holiday ballet class. The Nutcracker follows a young girl named Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker as a holiday gift. Clara journeys through Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets in a holiday celebration thats not to be missed. This enchanting 90-minute performance is set to Tchaikovsky's famous score and is sure to delight the entire family. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Time varies.  $15-75.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@CharlottesvilleBallet.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
December 19-22, Thursday-Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet.
Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballet's professional production of the classic holiday ballet class. This enchanting 90-minute performance is set to Tchaikovsky's famous score and is sure to delight the entire family. PVCC's V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Various Times.  $15-$75.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-7592. 
 
December 23, Monday
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
John Paul Jones Arena.
Renowned director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with an international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  Email: jpj-mkt@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
December 7- January 1
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD
American Shakespeare Center.
This family-friendly, fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics and then some. Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St .  Varies by date.  $20-52.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5588. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 15-17 & 22-24
DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST THE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self, but time is running out. The Wayne Theatre.  Directions: Waynesboro.  7pm Friday & Saturday / 3pm Saturday & Sunday.  $22 adults, $15 students.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
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December 14, Saturday
CLAUSE FOR A CAUSE: BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Crozet YMCA.
Join in for pancake decorating, hot cocoa and coffee. There will be pictures with the big guy himself, and participants are encouraged to bring toys to benefit Masons Toy Box. Crozet YMCA.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-205-4380. 
 
December 14, Saturday
CRAFTING AT WELCOME GALLERY
New City Arts.
Join Charlottesville artists Anna Morgan, Somé Louis, and Rayne MacPhee and make ornaments, holiday cards and tiny time capsules. Free coffee and snacks to enjoy while you take in this month's New City Artist Exchange exhibit, chat with friends and get crafty. Make all three crafts for $10 or choose one or two for a variable donation. New City Arts - Welcome Gallery.  10am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-5277. 
 
December 7 & 14
HOLIDAY ON THE HILL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate the holiday season on the Mountain with some kid- and family-friendly crafts and decorating activities, with samples galore, great sales and Christmas music to get your spirits in high gear. Enjoy the Gingerbread House Workshop and decorate the pre-assembled gingerbread house! Workshop times are 12pm, 1pm and 3pm. Registration recommended. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5pm.  $Free admission and parking, some fee-based activities.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
December 14, Saturday
KIDS CRAFT DAY
Horton Vineyards.
Bring the kids out for tons of fun holiday crafts. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine while their kids decorate ornaments and more in the tasting room. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  12-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
December 14, Saturday
SANTA'S TOY WORKSHOP
Boar's Head Resort.
Join in for a magical afternoon in Santa's Workshop, and spend time building toys with Santa and enjoying some North Pole treats and hot cocoa. The Ballroom at Boar's Head Resort.  3-4pm.  $20/Child.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-855-220-6620. 
 
December 6-20, Saturdays
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND
Creative Works Farm.
Join us for music performances, a walk through light display, music light show, cookies and hot chocolate, decorating gingerbread cookies, making Christmas ornaments and more. You can also see animals at the barn, enjoy a hayride and visit with Santa. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with special needs and at-risk youth. Creative Works Farm.  5-9pm.  $10, Kids 2 and under are free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 9, 11 & 20, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: HOLIDAY EVENING CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE HISTORIC THEATER
The Paramount Theater.
The Theater stands ready, in all its holiday finery, for the inaugural season of evening candlelight tours. Join in for an evening complete with multiple trees of grandeur, surrounded by the soft glow of festive lights and holiday decorations throughout the Theater. This family-friendly group tour includes individual candles to light the way and enhance the festive holiday feeling. The Paramount Theater.  Various times.  $25 Adult, $10 Youth.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1922. 
 
November 30-December 21, Saturdays
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & CARRIAGE RIDE
Boar's Head Resort.
Let your holiday spirit soar as you glide on a horse-drawn carriage through the resort to admire holiday décor. There will be picture opportunities with the jolly one and a magnificent breakfast display. The Pavilion at Boar's Head Resort.  9-11:30am.  $40 Adults, $20 Children, Free 5 and under.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-855-220-6620. 
 
December 14 & 21
FAIRY GARDEN WORKSHOPS
The Market at Grelen.
Bring out the family for an interactive workshop taught by Plant Designer Farley Farrar. Workshops begin with a 20 minute demo, and the remainder is interactive and includes tips and tricks for how to design your own garden. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: Orange.  10am.  $5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 1-22, Sundays
BREAKFAST/BRUNCH WITH RUDOLPH, OLAF & FRIENDS
Boar's Head Resort.
Enjoy Sunday breakfast and brunch and bring the entire family. There will be periodic visits from Rudolph, Olaf, and even a few of their friends as you enjoy a filling morning meal from our top-notch culinary team. Boar's Head Resort.  Directions: The Mill Room.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 7-28, Saturdays
HOLIDAY TEA
Boar's Head Resort.
It's tea time. Join in for a holiday tea gathering that includes a selection of loose leaf teas, finger sandwiches, small pastries and scones. Boar's Head Resort.  Directions: Porch Room at The Mill Room.  3-4pm.  $30 Adults, $15 Children.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 31, Tuesday
COUNTDOWN TO HAPPY NOON YEAR!
Central Library.
Celebrate the New Year early at a Noon Year's Eve Party! Games, crafts, dancing, and a balloon drop to ring in the new year at the stroke of 12 -- PM, that is! Ages 11-18 Central Library.  11am-12pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 31
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy an afternoon full of fun family activities, including a party hat crafting session, a concert with the Ululating Mummies and an unforgettable parade. Stick around for the Dominion Energy GardenFest from 5-10pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave.  2-5pm.  $Free members and children (under 3), $8 children (3-12), $10 military (with ID), seniors (55-plus), $13 adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: ContactUs@lewisginter.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
December 31, Tuesday
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FUN FEST
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Ticket includes a reserved seat in a heated party tent; a family-friendly DJ dance party; festive hats and noisemakers; and a countdown, balloon drop, and sparkling cider toast at 5PM and again at 7:30PM for the second seating. The full menu and kids menu will also be available through table service in the tent. Blue Mountain Brewery.  Directions: Afton.  3-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
December 31, Tuesday
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
Random Row Brewing Co.
Celebrate the New Year (a couple hours early). Watch the live London New Year's countdown with party favors for the kids and a balloon drop at 7pm so you have time to get the little ones back home and in bed. Food provided by BBQ Exchange and Wayside Ole Virginia Fry Chicken. New this year...heated enclosed tent on the patio and photo booth area. Tickets include food and 2 beer tickets (juice/milk for kids). Random Row Brewing Co.  4-7pm.  $50 adult, $25 ages 5-12, Free under 5.  All ages welcome.  Email: kevin@randomrow.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 31, Tuesday
NOON YEAR'S EVE FAMILY DANCE PARTY
Northside Library.
Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the new year a little early with a fun family dance party. Music and snacks will be provided at this all-ages event. Northside Library.  11:15am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 20-January 1
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the most magical time of year with holiday craft workshops, Santa on the slopes, story time with Mrs. Claus and New Year's Eve celebrations. Don't forget fabulous skiing, riding and tubing. Wintergreen Resort.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-3180. 
 
November 25-January 1
CELEBRATION OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Gypsy Hill Park.
Enjoy a drive through the 214-acre park aglow with charming night-time scenes, most homemade by local organizations and businesses. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  5-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8660. 
 
November 29-January 1
ZOOLIGHTS
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. The event includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Enjoy a dazzling light show set to music. National Zoo, Washington, D.C.  Directions: 3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.  5-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-8743. 
 
January 2, Thursday
GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Bring your furry friends to enjoy the holiday lights as you walk through Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. This event is included with regular GardenFest admission, however, a $2 suggested “pet admission” benefits the Richmond SPCA. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $Varies.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887 x334. 
 
January 4, Saturday
LIFE-SIZED CANDY LAND
JMRL - Central Library.
Gum drops, licorice, and lollipops, oh my. Wind up Winter Break with a sweet treat. Bring your family and friends to the library for a life-sized version of Candy Land. You might even get to meet a favorite game character. JMRL - Central Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
November 16-January 5, 2020, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over 10 million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 757-229-4386. 
 
November 22, 2019-January 6, 2020
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Closed Thanksgiving & December 24 & 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
January 8, Wednesday
DIGGING FOR YOUR ROOTS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, databases available on our website, to help you in your genealogical research. Northside Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 11, Saturday
GRANDPARENTS CLASS
UVA Healthy System.
A class for expectant grandparents and family members. Prepare for the addition to your family by learning what's new in labor and delivery and baby care. Review basic safety tips and the latest in baby gear. Learn how to help the new family in the first year. UVA Hospital.  10am-12pm.  Email: prenatalclasses@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-9920. 
 
January 11-12, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA FLY FISHING & WINE FESTIVAL
The largest event of its kind in the country, anglers can learn about the sport in a beginner-friendly environment. Bring the family, relax, take a casting class, and pick up a new sport that the entire family can enjoy, while also having the opportunity to listen to various experts talk and practice hands-on skills. Meadow Events Park.  Directions: 13191 Dawn Blvd, Doswell.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-402-8338. 
 
February 8, Saturday
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOP
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 1-February 2020
STARRY NIGHTS UNDER THE DOME
UVA.
Each evening, the Rotunda's interior dome transforms into a stylized version of the night sky as seen in Jefferson's time, thanks to the inspiration of three Ph.D. students who are bringing Jefferson's early dream to life. Today, the array of constellations visible in the Dome Room is created by projectors secreted along the upper gallery. Part of a bigger exhibition, it will remain in place through mid-February, augmented by lectures and other events for the University and Charlottesville communities. The planetarium itself is a permanent installation. Rotunda, UVA.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: Crozet.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5844. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
November 28-December 7, Fridays
COOKIES WITH SANTA
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Kids will be treated to yummy sugar cookies and a holiday coloring book. Partcipants will also have their pictures taken with Santa, and Santa will end the event with a story. Shops at Stonefield.  Various times.  $20.75/child.  All ages welcome.  Email: pr@jlcville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
OUTDOOR ICE SKATING
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Open all winter long, this 1,344 square foot outdoor synthetic ice skating rink is perfect for all ages and features weekday, weekend, and evening hours. Children's Museum of Richmond.  Hours vary.  $10 General Public, $7 Members, $5 Skate Rental.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays
PINBALL
Decades Arcade.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. Decades Arcade.  2-10pm Saturdays, 2-7pm Sundays.  $$12 Adults, $8 Kids.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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December 18, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. STONY BROOK
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home vs. Stony Brook. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
December 22, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SOUTH CAROLINA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home vs. South Carolina. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 10, 16, 19 & 27 and December 7, 18, 22, 29
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL HOME GAMES
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home against JMU (Nov. 10), Columbia (Nov. 16), Vermont (Nov. 19), Maine (Nov. 27), Perdue (Dec. 4), North Carolina (Dec. 7), Stony Brook (Dec. 18), South Carolina (Dec. 22) and Navy (Dec. 29) John Paul Jones Arena.  Times vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
December 29, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. NAVY
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home vs. Navy. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 1, Tuesday
NEW YEAR'S DAY 5K
Charlottesville Track Club.
Celebrate the New Year with a fairly flat, out and back 3.1 mile course. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Age group awards. No dogs or strollers allowed on race course. Free Union.  Directions: 5404 Wesley Chapel Rd..  11am.  All ages welcome.  Email: training@cvilletrackclub.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 2, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. NORTH CAROLINA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home against North Carolina. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 4, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Virginia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 9, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DUKE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Duke. John Paul Jones Arena.  6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 11, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SYRACUSE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Syracuse. John Paul Jones Arena.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 9-12, Thursday-Sunday
THE XPERIENCE TENNIS INVITATIONAL
Special Olympics Virginia.
Xperience Special Olympics tennis at its best at this three-day tennis extravaganza. Mix in world-class volunteers from UVA athletics programs and the Charlottesville community and youve got an ace of an event. The Boar's Head Sports Club.  All day.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@specialolympicsva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-932-4653. 
 
January 11-12, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA FLY FISHING & WINE FESTIVAL
The largest event of its kind in the country, anglers can learn about the sport in a beginner-friendly environment. Bring the family, relax, take a casting class, and pick up a new sport that the entire family can enjoy, while also having the opportunity to listen to various experts talk and practice hands-on skills. Meadow Events Park.  Directions: 13191 Dawn Blvd, Doswell.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-402-8338. 
 
January 2, 9, 19 & 26
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOME GAMES
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on North Carolina (Jan. 2), Duke (Jan. 9), Virginia Tech (Jan. 19) and Notre Dame (Jan. 26). John Paul Jones Arena.  Times vary by date.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 4, 11, 18, 20 & 28
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  Times vary by date.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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January 8, February 5 & March 4, Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Gordon Avenue childrens librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-10:45am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 6-March 9
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Ten to 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Central Library.  9:30-10am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, Second Wednesdays
CUENTOS Y CANCIONES BILINGUAL STORYTIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. Central Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
December 1-22, Sundays
STORYTIME WITH MRS. CLAUS
Boar's Head Resort.
Straight from the North Pole, Mrs. Claus arrives to spend an afternoon reading some of your favorite Christmas stories. The North Pole Bakery has also sent along some treats to share. You may come in your jammies, and don't forget your camera. Ednam Hall at Boar's Head Resort.  2-3pm.  $15/Child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-2181. 
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays in January
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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November 15-December 14
TIGERS BE STILL
Live Arts.
"Tigers Be Still" is the story of how Sherry Wickman stopped being a total disaster and got her life on track and did NOT let feelings of overwhelming anxiousness and loneliness and uselessness, like, totally eat her brain. Founders Theater.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-4177. 
 
December 7-8 & 13-15
BLACK BOX PLAYERS PRESENT ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Black Box Players.
Alice and her doll are enjoying a tea party when a White Rabbit suddenly appears in her room! When the rabbit drops a note as he passes by, Alice rushes to give it back to him, but before she can he disappears into her mirror! Determined to return the note, Alice chases the rabbit through her magical mirror, and comes out the other side into the world of Wonderland! And to make matters even strangerit's Christmas! Location TBA.  All ages welcome.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 22-December 15
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
Four County Players.
Enjoy this holiday-themed production, based upon the Paramount Pictures Film. Four County Players Mainstage, Barboursville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
December 15, Sunday
MOSCOW BALLET PRESENTS: THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Paramount Theater.
Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, the exuberant jig of playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. The Paramount Theater.  3pm & 7pm.  $31.50-$177.50.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 9, 11 & 20, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: HOLIDAY EVENING CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE HISTORIC THEATER
The Paramount Theater.
The Theater stands ready, in all its holiday finery, for the inaugural season of evening candlelight tours. Join in for an evening complete with multiple trees of grandeur, surrounded by the soft glow of festive lights and holiday decorations throughout the Theater. This family-friendly group tour includes individual candles to light the way and enhance the festive holiday feeling. The Paramount Theater.  Various times.  $25 Adult, $10 Youth.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1922. 
 
December 4-29
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
Don't miss this beloved holiday classic brought to life onstage. Experience the traditional tale with new twists, turns and surprises, and enjoy a festive production filled with music and cheer fitting for the whole family. The Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St.  Varies by date.  $20-$59.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5588. 
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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